Fit For Real People – Sewing Books

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Fit For Real People

Sew great clothes using ANY pattern — SECOND EDITION

by Pati Palmer, By Marta Alto

After 25 years of hands-on teaching and fitting thousands of different women’s bodies, Pati Palmer and Marta Alto have found a way to achieve perfect garment fit that really works. And now they’ve translated all their expertise into this book. The Alto and Palmer fitting system is easy and practical no matter what the pattern brand. It is measure-free and doesn’t require drafting skills.

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How to select and alter patterns to create beautifully fitted clothing

This second edition adds updated pattern industry news and revised rules for selecting pattern size. This easy and practical fitting system requires no measuring, no drafting skills, no muslin mock-ups—and it works with all brands of tissue paper patterns. Real people of all ages are featured in photographs that explain the steps of cutting out pattern pieces, pinning them together, and adjusting the fit. Special attention is paid to tricky challenges such as accommodating a full bustline, adjusting sleeves, or reworking a garment to make it more flattering, as well as alternative fitting methods such as draping and computer design. Metric conversion charts, charts for comparing pattern company bodice measurements, and a history of American dress design (Just where did size 10 come from?) make this book a versatile reference.

256 PAGES, 8 1/2 X 11
ISBN 978-0935278-65-1

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 in
Binding Selection

Regular, Spiral

1 review for Fit For Real People – Sewing Books

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Katrina Walker:

    Fit for Real People is always my go-to resource that I recommend to any garment sewing enthusiast. It is clearly written, easy to understand, and beautifully photographed and illustrated. Anyone can learn to fit themselves by following the methods that Pati and Marta have developed over decades of truly hands-on research with hundreds, if not thousands of “real people”. A must-have for every sewing library.

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